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If there was one freshman the Miami Hurricanes knew would have to help entering the season, Brevin Jordan was the safest bet. At the midway point of the season, Jordan has perhaps even exceeded expectations and it’s earning him major recognition. On Monday, ESPN placed the tight end on its midseason freshman All-America team.
The All-America team, which only includes first-team selections, includes seven ACC players, including Jordan and Florida State Seminoles defensive back Jaiden Woodbey. Jordan is the lone tight end selected to the team.
Jordan’s place on the team doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The freshman was the No. 1 tight end in the 247Sports.com composite rankings for the Class of 2018 and the No. 33 overall player, which put him just outside five-star status. When tight end Michael Irvin II went down with a preseason injury, Jordan became the clear-cut top option at tight end entering the year.
“The nation’s No. 1-ranked tight end in the 2018 class has lived up to the billing in Coral Gables,” Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert wrote in an ESPN+ article. “He has been a permanent starter.”
Jordan has made the most of his opportunity. The freshman leads Miami with 18 catches this season and ranks third on the team with 208 receiving yards. He also scored arguably the Hurricanes’ biggest touchdown of the season when he hauled in a 41-yard, game-winning score in the fourth quarter against Florida State on Oct. 6. His four receiving touchdowns are second on the team and tied for third most nationally among all tight ends. The receiver also ranks in the top 25 nationally for catches and receiving yards by a tight end.
While Jordan is the only Hurricanes freshman on the midseason All-America team, he’s far from the only freshman playing a significant role. On Saturday, wide receiver Dee Wiggins became the fifth true freshman to start a game for Miami this season, joining Jordan, wide receiver Brian Hightower, tight end Will Mallory and offensive lineman DJ Scaife. Redshirt freshman quarterback N’Kosi Perry has also started twice, and the Hurricanes also use freshman Bubba Baxa as their primary kicker and kickoff specialist.